I was reading, when in one of the chapter’s forwards, I stumbled upon this magnificent excerpt. It is a letter to the most powerful corporation in the Known Universe of the Dune Saga.
What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last of hear of a clerk giving his life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas. As to you of CHOAM, what nonsense you believe! Men must want to do things out of their own innermost drives. People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness—they cannot work and their civilization collapses.Letter to CHOAM, Children of Dune – Frank Herbery
I ponder on this idea, as it can be said that if a civilization was based upon the expanse of commerce alone, then what type of individuals will it produces?